MANILA—Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday hailed the move of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to ban labor-only contracting or “endo” noting that the order should be properly monitored.
“I support the DOLE’s department order imposing a total ban on labor-only contracting and strictly regulating legal contracting,” Villanueva said in a statement.
“We want to make sure, however, that there will be stringent rules to monitor and implement the order. Our goal here is to ensure that we end all forms of labor abuse,” he added.
Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development, said that he has filed his own bill to end endo, Senate Bill No. 1116 or the “End of Endo Act” which is already out of the committee level.
He, meanwhile, called on both Senate and House to prioritize the measure which he said would benefit the welfare of all Filipino workers.
Malacañang, for its part, said that the order is “a major step in upholding and protecting the labor rights of our great Filipino workers.”
On Thursday, the DOLE finally approved Department Order (DO) No. 174 on contracting and subcontracting after nine months of numerous dialogues and consultations with employers and workers.
DOLE’s order will be effective 15 days after its publication.
Putting an end to job contractualization is one of the major campaign promise of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.